Apple Withdraws Products from Environmental Certification Program

167485204Up until recently, it seemed that Apple took its EPEAT certification pretty seriously; however, it has been revealed that last month Apple requested to officially withdraw all thirty-nine of their products that had been EPEAT certified by the classification program.

EPEAT stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, and it is a program that would assess all types of electronic products and label them “gold,” “silver” or “bronze” based on the environmental criteria that they meet including recyclability, energy consumption and environmental impact.

An EPEAT representative wrote in a blog post on Friday, June 29, “Apple has notified EPEAT that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting its products to EPEAT for environmental rating. For participating electronics manufacturers, EPEAT is a chance to showcase and validate their greener design initiatives, cleaner production and customer support services.”

The representative continued writing, “We regret that Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT. We hope that they will decide to do so again at some point in the future.”

If Apple had been so proud of the EPEAT certification of many of their products, then why have they decided to just drop the classification completely? CIO Journal sat down for an interview with EPEAT CEO Robert Frisbee and asked that exact question.

Frisbee said that Apple was fairly vague about why they were withdrawing all of their products from the EPEAT certification process. “They said their design direction was no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements,” said Frisbee. However, they didn’t explain any further than that.

Frisbee went on to discuss Apple’s new line of Retina-Display Macbook Pro laptops. He claimed that Apple’s decision to make the laptops almost impossible to disassemble would definitely have caused the line to not meet EPEAT certification standards. “If the battery is glued to the case, it means you can’t recycle the case and you can’t recycle the battery,” said Frisbee.

Why Apple decided to withdraw all of its products though is still slightly unclear. Many consumers like to see that the products they are considering meet environmental standards. As of right now, consumers can still see Apple’s EPEAT Gold standard for the iMac listed on the company’s website; however, that will most likely be changed sometime in the very near future.

Source: PCMag – Apple Removes Green EPEAT Certification From All Products

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